If you are still using iText 5, or if you would like to learn more about stand-alone products that use iText 5 as their main engine, you have come to the right place. Please note that since the introduction of iText 7, we recommend customers to use iText 7 for new projects, and to consider moving existing projects from iText 5 to iText 7 to benefit from the many improvements in the latest release. However, until December 31, 2016 we can still deliver iText 5 licenses to customers who cannot yet migrate to iText 7. In addition, we will continue to support and provide bug fixes for iText 5 until 2019.
iText 5 is still supported by a vast wealth of documentation on the website as well as StackOverflow. Launched in December 2009 to supersede iText 2, it represented a giant leap in programmable PDF technology and fuelled the growth of iText Software as a company. Through our developers portal and our support page, look for links, books, FAQs and code samples that are marked 'iText 5'.
iText 5 also forms the core of XML Worker, which lets you convert XML to PDF, as well as iText RUPS, a tool that lets your visualize your PDF documents' syntax and content streams. iText 2, the original that started iText's journey, is no longer supported.
While iText 5 already gained fame as one of the world's most widely used and documented SDKs for adding rich PDF functionalities to applications, iText 7 has upped the ante. It offers the following advantages over iText 5:
Superior performance: faster than iText 5, making it the perfect technology for high-volume document projects.
Easier PDF program creation and editing through a greatly improved document model, lay-out engine, and APIs.
Future-ready technology with support for PDF 2.0.